Though some subjects have yet to finish their exams the vast majority have, and if you are a first or second year history student without exams- essays have been handed in. That is why this week’s cheesy student night ‘Red Leicester’ was sure to be a good one full of celebrations and brilliantly nostalgic music.
What made this Red Leicester even more special was that it was my housemate’s fake birthday. I say fake birthday because the horrid fact for January, late May and early June birthdays is that there will either be an exam on your birthday or the day after it. So my housemate decided to write-off her birthday last week and make it all about Wednesday the 25th. And like all 21st birthday parties at university she decided upon a theme.
A few months ago my friend had a Helen of Troy party (her name is Helen) and last month another friend had a black-tie and cocktails party. However, this 21st was a bit different as unlike the witty play on Helen’s name or a sophisticated night of drinks, my housemate went for the same theme she had for her 5th birthday and so decided upon Disney princesses.
This theme fits her well and the card our house gave her that wished her a ‘sparkly birthday’ and other pink and joyous treats started off the theme that was going to take control. Her dress was an amazing Cinderella ball gown, that is a far cry from most going out dresses, but topped with a tiara made her THE princess for the night. I however stepped away from the princess theme a bit and went as Minnie Mouse (all be it in a black and white spotty dress). Some of the costumes were amazing though we had Woody from Toy Story, the mum from The Incredibles and there were a lot of dalmatians spotted about (had to say it).
As Clare mentioned about Halloween, fancy dress is a big part of the student experience, however difficult it may be at times. I’m not always the best at it to be honest- as more often than not I just look quirky, which though fine is not the point. I recommend having a few things ready to go for fancy dress so you are never caught off guard.
I always have-
- a lab coat (crazy scientist)
- a shirt (school uniform, anything smart)
- a sailors hat (sailor… obviously)
- and now with my newly bought mouse ears (Minnie/Micky/general mouse)
By having a few things at hand you will never be caught out when fancy dress comes knocking (as it will), and you won’t have to spend large amounts on a full costume if you have a few bits that can make you into anything.
And don’t forget if you really want to go for it use face paint… or body paint in some cases…